Are you a scuba diving beginner and looking for a safe and enjoyable, as well as memorable trip and experience underwater? Are you looking forward to your first scuba diving trip, but having concerns about your safety underwater, what should you do and how can you begin?
All right, here you are some scuba diving tips you may need for a safe, enjoyable, and memorable trip and experience.
We are going to divide scuba diving tips into three categories – before your scuba diving trip, during your scuba diving trip, after your scuba diving trip.
All Scuba Diving Tips you should consider
Before Your Scuba Diving Trip
Set Your Training Plan
Before choosing your training school, ask about the water you will be diving in, whether warm or cold; have a brief on the sea life for which your diving training area is known; and ask, of course, about the accreditation costs. It may take you three days of training or longer to get your accreditation certificate, so choose a comfortable and enjoyable place.
When choosing your training school, see its online reviews about safety and about issues like disorganization, safety briefings, or faulty equipment.
Practice swimming and yoga few months before starting the training course to feel confident and comfortable underwater. Yoga helps you focus on your breathing and swimming helps you maintain control of your body underwater.
Health & Safety Checks
Before going underwater, check the equipment for broken buckles, strange smelling, tasting air, air leaks and jumping needle.
Check your regulator and practice reaching towards your lower back and recovering your regulator if there is a sudden mishap.
Take seasickness pills if you are prone to getting seasick.
Do not dive if you have a sinus infection or cold.
Do not dive if you have open wounds or cover them, especially around the coral reefs. Wear a wetsuit or put a gauze and waterproof tape to protect it.
Drink plenty of water before and after dives to avoid dehydration.
Be aware of signs and symptoms of nitrogen narcosis, especially at the deep dives.
To avoid panic accidents when diving, practice self-calming methods like meditation and breathing techniques. You can also use visualisation to walk through possible challenges and think how you can overcome them.
Hold your scuba diving and travel insurance, policy number, medical information and emergency contacts.
Scuba Diving Gear
Choose a wetsuit conforms to your body, a comfortable than snug one. Choose one fits with the temperature of waters in which you will be diving.
Choose a mask and try it by tilting your head down, placing the mask, and inhaling. Then, put the mask off your face with your hands. If it stays on your face, it fits well.
Choose a snorkel that allows you to fight splashing waves while trying to breathe, keep water out of your mouth when water is choppy, maintain normal breathing without using air from your tank.
Consult your guide regarding the weights that you can add or take away before starting.
Never hold your breath and keep breathing normally.
Stay close to your guide and follow the directions.
Keep an eye on your gauge and let your guide know when you are low.
Always communicate with your group and point out any incredible things you see.
Do not dive below 130 feet (40 m), watch your diving limits and stay within your comfort zone.
Never poke or chase sea life, as this is better for the environment. Many sea creatures can be aggressive or poisonous.
Make sure to follow the “Look but Do Not Touch Policy” underwater.
Give other divers enough space to move around and hover a good distance above the reef until you have perfected neutral buoyancy.
If you need to draw another diver’s attention, bang lightly against your tank with a tank banger.
Do not panic or bolt to the surface if you see a shark. Keep breathing and end the dive as normal.
Ascend slowly from the dive as coming fast could cause decompression sickness.
After Your Scuba Diving Trip
Do not leave your scuba gear in the boat when you finishes your dive as it may be dangerous if not handled and stored correctly.
Rinse the equipment with fresh water after finishing, hang it to dry and keep it out of the sun.
Do not fly until at least 24 hours after your dive.
General Scuba Diving Tips
Try to dive every few months.
Practice more and more as the more you practice, the better diver you will become.
Join the diving communities and clubs on social media and websites to know more and learn more.
Keep a dive log where you can record some information after each dive, tips from experienced divers and notes on the diving site.
Those are some of the scuba diving tips you need to know before, during, and after your scuba diving trip. Try to follow them as much as possible to have the safe, enjoyable, and memorable trip you are looking forward to.